Super Rugby
Rebels suffer injury blow to Vuna
February 4, 2013
The Rebels' Cooper Vuna keeps his balance against the Reds, Reds v Melbourne Rebels, Super Rugby, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, March 10, 2012
Melbourne Rebels winger Cooper Vuna in action during the 2012 Super Rugby Championship. © Getty Images

Rebels winger Cooper Vuna is set to miss the opening four rounds of the Super Rugby season after fracturing his right shoulder.

Vuna sustained the injury in the pre-season trial loss to the Waratahs in Hobart.

Scans in Melbourne revealed a cracked scapula, but Vuna will not require surgery.

"Initially I predicted the worst, so to see myself coming back into contention early on in the season is a real relief," Vuna said.

"I'll be working hard to be back firing ready to go for my team-mates."

Damien Hill backed the team's younger players to step up in place of Vuna.

"It's a big disappointment for the team," the Rebels coach said.

"Cooper has had a great pre-season and we could have done without this hurdle. On the positive side we have a number of first-year players that impressed in our first trial, and one of them will now get an opportunity sooner than they may have expected."

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